In memory of

Darwin A. Rassler, age 92, of Townsend

July 16, 1925 – September 17, 2017


Darwin Arnold Rassler, age 92, of Townsend, passed away on September 17, 2017. He was born on July 16, 1925 in Manson, Iowa.

Darwin went to elementary school at Country School in Madelia, Minnesota. Darwin joined the United States Navy and served from 1942 to 1946, serving 3 of those years in the South Pacific. He went on to become a machinist for Northern Pump and Honeywell from 1950-1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a Carpenter for Hengel Construction in Pillager, Minnesota form 1964-1972.

Darwin went on to become a heavy equipment operator for Bonnell Construction from 1973 – 1980 in Clyde Park, Montana. Following his time in Clyde Park he went on to work for Park Co. in Livingston as an operator and mechanic. He retired in 1990.

On March 24, 1968, Darwin married Dolores in South Dakota. They were married until she passed in February of 2001. Darwin’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking. He was also a member of the VFW – American Legion #0105 in Townsend.

Darwin is preceded in death by his parents, Arno J. Rassler and Clara (Madson) Rassler, his sons LeRoy and Charles Rassler, and David Bodily of Salt Lake City, UT, brothers, Ken Rassler of Litchfield, MN and Bill Rassler of Pillager, MN, sisters, Shirley Koon and Cheryl Statley of Minneapolis, MN. He is survived by a brother, James Rassler of White Sulphur Springs, MT, his children, Rodney Rassler of Bozeman, MT, Kathy Tiedeken of Minneapolis, MN, Rebecca Bernardson of Minneapolis, MN and a step-daughter, Laura Bodily of Oklahoma City, OK, as well as 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery Committal Shelter, Ft. Harrison. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Darwin.




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  1. Mike and Penny Jenkins says:

    My neighbor and friend since 2007. How I have missed him since we moved, but talked to him last a couple days before his birthday.
    I loved him so much and had many many wonderful hours with him. Visiting him at home, playing pinochle. And Mike and I will always cherish the wood items he gave us. A wonderful man, neighbor, friend. You children should be so proud to have him for a Dad and so many years. May he Rest in Peace. I loved him and so happy to have known him and called him our friend.

    Love and prayers to you all,

    Mike and Penny Jenkins

  2. Julie Stepan says:

    I did not have the honor of knowing Dar; however I know his son Rod and if he is any indication, Dar was a FANTASTIC man….my sympathy to all who loved Dar and who Dar loved……signed Rods favorite sister-in-law

  3. So sore for your loss Rod & family. I did not have the honor of knowing your dad, but heard tales through the years. I have a little wooden bowl he made on my desk!

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